ETO - Winter Center [NTT039]
ETO (which stands for Experimental Tea Orchestra) is an ensemble originating from Izhevsk, Russia. Using a myriad of Asian/ethnic sounding instruments, and subtly influencing the resulting entrancing soundscapes through the use of some more modern technology, they manage to breathe interesting new life into a musical genre that had arguably been executed to death. None of what you might have heard however captures the essence quite like ETO.
From the engaging "Sufik Sky" through the hypnotising "Lunadrive", "Winter Center" is a collection of highly qualitative tracks containing a healthy amount of experimentation, without ever leaving the original instrumental context.